By Amir Mir
Wayne Rooney played the full 90 minutes in midfield as England beat Malta 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday – and Liverpool fans on Twitter lambasted him for hopeless performance.
First-half goals from Daniel Sturridge and Dele Alli helped Gareth Southgate secure his first win as interim boss following the sacking of Sam Allardyce after just one game.
But Rooney, who was deployed in a central midfield role alongside Reds captain Jordan Henderson, was blasted by the Merseyside club supporters for yet another poor showing.
Liverpool fans on Twitter stated that the Manchester United player was carried by Henderson during the game and called for Rooney to be dropped.
Additionally others called for Adam Lallana to replace the countries all-time leading goalscorer for the clash against Slovenia on Tuesday.
Anfield supporters questioned Rooney’s ability on the ball from his passing to shooting, as they claimed the 30-year-old is now finished.
Here is a selection of messages on Twitter from Liverpool supporters reacting to Rooney’s display for England:
— J Knight (@Jmknight86) October 8, 2016
Rooney is a hopeless midfielder. Pass side to side and backwards, obvious long prepared telegraphed passes, poor running on long shots
— Indigo ? (@IndigoLFC) October 8, 2016
@Kieran94Give it's got nothing to do with the clubs they play for. It's common knowledge that Sturridge is better than Rooney currently
— Josh (@LFCJosh23) October 8, 2016
Rooney is finished.
Why are the pundits trying so hard to protect him?
— The LFC Community (@LFCCommunity) October 8, 2016
What is the point of Wayne Rooney in 2016? He's lost the legs to be a forward and never had the necessary traits to be a midfielder.
— Ron (@PhoenixxLFC) October 8, 2016
Rooney has the tactical intelligence of a 13 year old. Any player at La Masia would leave him standing. Caught in possession over and over.
— Ronnie Carra's LFC (@ronnie_carra) October 9, 2016
— Blank (@kenduanevwjr) October 8, 2016
— Josh Polgardi (@jpolgardi) October 8, 2016
Liverpool are due to meet bitter rivals Manchester United after the international break, with Rooney’s place under jeopardy, having been dropped for his sides last two league fixtures by manager Jose Mourniho.
In other Liverpool news, this BBC pundit explains why he prefers Jurgen Klopp over Pochettino and Guardiola.